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PAGE 4 - The Malakoff News. Friday, April 14, 2006 Easters gone by I'll never forget the way sunrise ser- Jennifer vice felt when I was Stone-Hannigan a child. In my teen years, I attended a tiny church on a tiny is- land just off the coast of Portugal. There was one couple in our church that hosted the sun- rise service every year. So each Easter, we would drag ourselves out of bed in the early morning hours and prac- tically stagger to the home where the service was held. It was like a taste of Christ- mas tradition in the middle of springtime. The hostess, Marty Wagner, would make the world's best apple cider. And no matter how much I begged, she never would give out the recipe. That cider would be simmer- ing and the breakfast would be cooking and anyone entering the Wagner home was imme- diately greeted by friendly voices and hugs and surrounded with love. Then, with the warm summer breeze blowing in our faces (you've got to love tropical cli- mates), we would go out to their backyard and start the service. I hated reading out loud, but somehow I always got picked to read part of the Eas- ter story. I would al- ways stand in the same place, over by the rock wall that sur- rounded their yard. Next to that rock wall was a 50-foot drop, which then sloped gently down to the ocean. Sometime during that service, I would look beyond the wall and see the sun, gloriously rising over the moving sea. There are few moments in my life when I have been hap- pier than I was on those morn- ings. I would think about the women who first made their way to Christ's tomb, scared and alone and in grief, only to find that the strangest thing they possibly could have imagined had taken place. I'm not sure where I will be this Sunday, at my church or my parents' church, at sunrise ser- vice or not. But I know, sometime in the day, I will remember those ser- vices of my childhood and take just a moment to thank the One who made the sunrise and gave us a reason to celebrate. The Cross Roads school got word that a jail inmate had walked away from a work crew at Beck's Chapel Cemetery (April 6). The sheriff came to one house and told them to keep their doors locked. Someone called the school and they put kids in lock down until it was time for the buses to leave. Teachers called home and someone called me, and so forth. The man was captured. Margie Summers and her sis- ter, Mable, visited her daughter last week. Mark Alice Mulkey is very ill. Needs our prayers. Ethelene, Naomi's daughter, will go back to Boston Easter Sunday for the third time for more surgery. Very serious. My sister, Bobbie, and brother-in-law mowed my yard Saturday. It was a mess, with lots of weeds and old mowed grass. Stopped my nose up and I couldn't hardly talk. I have a friend from first grade that lives in Galveston. She gets the Malakoff paper. Clara Jo Davis She has called for one of our cook- books We got the second shipment last Friday, so I will have more de- livered this week. Helen McLaine, I will call you first, and Jackie. Bill Gain is in' West Place nursing home for 20 days of re-hab. He has been in the hospital for about six weeks. We visited him and Jackie Saturday. This Sunday is Easter Sun- day, our time to meet with the Willow Springs Baptist Church for sunrise service. Our pastor, Frank Upchurch, will be the speaker. Starts at 7 a.m. Break- fast will be served at 8 a.m. Lola Welch is better from her coughing. Several have had this. Gas is getting so high. I went to four stations Saturday, and drove on not getting gas. But today I have to pay the high price Not too much news this week, but Lisa, behave your- self. Thanks for reading. Visiting Ministers to Baptist Revival By Britt Thompson From The Malakoff News Friday, April 13, 1962 The Rev. Don Allen, pastor of North Main Street Baptist Church in Houston, and the Rev. Kenneth Patrick, a native Malakoffian and former pastor of the First Baptist Church at Chandler, will be in Malakoff during the coming week to lead the week's revival campaign at the First Baptist Church The revival meeting, accord- ing to the local pastor, the Rev; Byron Orand, is being held in keeping with the Baptist Jubi- lee Advance Campaign throughout the Southern Bap- tist Convention. Henderson County Baptist Association, he said, is cooperating in a current county-wide revival crusade. Evangelist Allen, presently of Houston, the pastor said, is an outstanding Baptist minister and a Baptist Denominational leader in the city of Houston. The visiting singer, the Rev. Patrick, born in this community, is presently serving the pastor- ate at the First Baptist Church in Seagoville. He lived in Malakoff until he was seven years of age, when he moved with his parents to Houston where he resided until entering college. Both of the visiting revival- ists are graduates of Texas Baptist Colleges and the South- western Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. The Sunday evening service, on Sunday, April 22"d, Pastor Orand said, will be given over to the presentation of the can- tata, "The Song of Easter," un- der the direction of choir leader Charles Wetzel. This service, the pastor said, will be followed by a baptismal service. The public is cordially invited to attend the services during the revival campaign. CONTRIBUTE TO LOOKING BACK If you have photographs, ar- ticles, or family histories that you would like to see in the Looking Back column, please contact Britt Thompson at the following email address: rbtnyu81 @ sbcglobal.net. Thompson can also be reached by mail at Britt Th- ompson, 7033 Blalock Drive, The Colony, Texas 75056. Photographs and text can be in any format. DOWN MEMORY LANE Click on the Down Memory Lane link at www.malakoffnews.net. Share your memories as new pictures from Malakoff's past are posted regularly. Registration restrictions will not be addressed The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will not address proposed regu- lations for premises registra- tion at the upcoming May 4 TAHC commission meeting in Austin Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas' state veterinarian and TAHC executive director, said the proposed premises registra- tion regulations have been placed on "hold," and will not be considered by commis- sioners until the winter or spring of 2007. Dr. Hillman said the TAHC will continue to promote vol- untary, free registration of sites (premises) where live- stock and fowl are held, handled or managed. As of April 4, more than 10,000 premises have been regis- tered in Texas; more than 213,000 have been regis- tered nationally. Premises registration is the foundation of the Na- tional Animal Identification System (NAIS), which, when fully implemented, would enable animal health officials to trace the move- ment of diseased or exposed livestock or poultry within 48 hours. Information and agendas for Commission meetings will be posted on the TAHC web site, filed in the Texas Reg- ister and announced through news releases. All TAHC commission meetings are open to the public The TAHC's Austin head- quarters may be reached at 1-800-550-8242. Fire blight on pears In Texas, pear tree own- ers can expect to see some fire blight on pears and other species every year. During times when conditions are right, such as when extended cool, wet spring weather co- incides with pear tree bloom- ing, the severity of fire blight in- fection can reach epidemic proportions. The disease also at- tacks apple trees, quince, spiraea, hawthorne and as many as 70 other species The fact that an ornamen- tal pear, such as Bradford, has been infected is a sign that this could be an unusu- ally bad year for blight Though it makes the tree unsightly, the disease will rarely kill an ornamental or other pear variety. Ornamental pear tree own- ers can expect their trees to bounce back later in the year. In the spring, the disease usually first shows up as blossom blight. Infected blossoms become water soaked and then turn dark brown. The disease then moves down the fruit stem, causing the area it infects to become water soaked and turn dark green From the fruit stem, the dis- ease migrates into the leaves of the blighted spur. Twigs become dark green and oily looking when infected. Pear tree leaves and stems will eventually turn black, as if burned, hence the name "fire blight". In contrast, the disease turns apple tree leaves and stems dark brown. Other than variety selec- tion, home gardeners have two means of controlling the disease: cultural and chemi- cal. Cultural methods involve pruning the infected portion Rick Hirsch Agriview of the stem, four to six inches be- low the visible symptoms Prun- ing shears should be disinfected in a 10 percent bleach solution to prevent spreading the disease to uninfected trees Excessive pruning can pro- mote succulent growth that is highly susceptible to new infec- tion. Excessive pruning can also cause the tree to become mis- shapen, so caution should be used when pruning. Several chemical and antibi- otic controls exist for fire blight, but they are only effective if used during the bloom stage. A copper fungicide or bor- deaux mix should be applied during bloom at the shortest recommended intervals stated on the label. Another option is to use an antibiotic such as streptomycin sulfate. Neither the copper fungi- cides nor the streptomycin sul- fate is toxic to bees. Prevent- ing early infection is critical to controlling fire blight. Once the bacterium that cause fire blight colonizes woody tissue, the only way to stop movement down a young stem or branch is to prune it out. If you treat before or after bloom, the spray will be inef- fective. Dry, hot weather will eventually slow disease. Rabies Texas state law requires that you have your dogs and cats vaccinated against ra- bies once a year by a veteri- narian. Rabies is a killer. It is present in wildlife, espe- cially bats, skunks, foxes, coyotes and raccoons. Pet dogs and cats do not have to leave their yards to be exposed to rabies by a wild animal Wild animals can easily en- ter your yard. If a pet devel- ops rabies, the people most likely to be exposed by them to this fatal disease are the owner's family An annual rabies vaccination is very in- expensive life insurance for the pet and its owner. Rabies is a killer disease that attacks the nervous sys- tem, resulting in paralysis and almost certain death once the symptoms appear. The rabies virus is present in the saliva of the rabid ani- mal. The most common way the disease is spread is by a bite from an infected animal Though rare, rabies also can be spread if the infected animal's saliva comes in con- tact with fresh scratches, open wounds or mucous membranes such as the lin- ing of the eyelid. Improved rabies vaccina- tion and animal control pro- grams and better treatment for people who have been bitten have dramatically re- duced the number of human rabies cases in this country. The majority of recent hu- man cases acquired in the United States are due to the type of rabies virus found in bats. If you see a bat that's on the ground or acting strangely, do not touch it. Immediately report it to lo- cal animal control authorities. Important dates April 25 - BQA - Level I & II Rick Hirsch is the Henderson County Exten- sion Agent - Agriculture for Texas Cooperative Ex- tension. Visit our web page at http://henderson- co. tamu. edu. ~ Southern Gateway To Cedar Creek Lake~ 903-489-0531 Fax: 903-489-2543 PO. Box 509, Malakoff, TX 75148 LORETTA HUMBLE - PUBLISHER JENNIFER STONE-HANNIGAN - EDITOR ISSN: 1050-8937 * Published weekly by The Malakoff News, 103 South Terry Street, Malakoff, Texas 75148. Subscription rates are $25.00 per year and $20.00 per year for Senior Citizens. Entered as periodicals at Malakoff, Texas 75148. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The MalakoffNews, P.O. Box 509, Malakoff, Texas 75148. Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or repu- tation of any person, firm, or corporation which may alppear in the columns of this newspaper will be gladly corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. Letters to the Editor will be edited for spelling and grammar. 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